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Old 04-07-2016, 10:25 AM   #1
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Default Digging for salt in the 'Gateway to Hell', one of the hottest places on Earth

Photographer Massimo Rumi travelled to Ethiopia to take these extraordinary images
The Danakil Depression in northern Ethiopia has the highest year-round temperatures in the world
People have mined salt in the area for centuries, traditionally carting away tiles of salt by camel
The landscape, pockmarked with active volcanoes and sulphur springs, is strangely beautiful

The working day starts early in the Danakil Depression, a landscape
pitted with active volcanoes and springs which pump out plumes of
foul-smelling sulphur

The sulphur and salt have created over the centuries a fantastical
landscape, which some visitors have compared to the Moon

It is a landscape you would not want to cross in the darkness,
because a mis-step can drop the unwary visitor into a crevice or
a vat of lava or steaming sulphur

It would be hard work even in a mild climate. The miners hack
away at the salt crust of the depression, breaking it into slabs,
which can then be lifted out and loaded onto their camels

The salt is chopped into slabs, which need to be a certain size
and weight. Most of the salt is destined for Ethiopian and Sudanese
farmers, who use them as what are known as mineral licks. In this
way animals are provided with essential nutrients

The camels are loaded up with the 'white gold' and led up out
of the depression and to the town of Berhale, which is three days'

Camels, which famously store water in their humps, can walk
for days without needing to drink and are the ideal means of

The Danakil Depression is in a remote part of Ethiopia close
to the border with Eritrea, which became independent in 1993

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That looks like backbreaking, soul stealing work. Kudos to them - they've got to be tough men to be doing this day in, day out.
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